Occupants of Catskills motel said trapped by flooding

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 28, 2011 4:43 PM
Occupants of Catskills motel said trapped by flooding

NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least a dozen people were stranded on Sunday at a motel in a town in the Catskill Mountains in New York state that was flooded in the wake of Hurricane Irene, authorities said.

A Greene County Sheriff's dispatcher said rescue crews were making their way toward Moore's Motel and Resort in the small town of Prattsville, about 150 miles north of New York City.

He said fast-moving waters had come down into Greene County from an unknown source, flooding much of Prattsville.

"I have people trapped all over Greene County," the dispatcher, who declined to give his name, told Reuters.

The dispatcher said crews were unable to get fire trucks into the area because of the flooding but would try to reach the motel using boats.

A woman at a nearby emergency shelter said the entire town of Prattsville was flooded but had no further information on the motel or its occupants.

(Reporting by Eric Johnson and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)